Step 4: So What Else Does the Village do? The Development Process

The Community Development Department reviews and approves commercial construction plans through a building permit to ensure compliance with all building codes (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire, energy), and design requirements established by the Zoning Ordinance. Every project is different - a business may be looking to locate in an existing space or constructing a new building.

Small Commercial Projects
A small project may involve a new sign and minor improvements to an existing tenant space. This process involves the submittal of a commercial building and sign permit that is reviewed by staff. As long as the plans do not need revisions, a small commercial project may receive final approvals in as little as 1 to 2 weeks.

Large Projects
For those projects that involve constructing a new building and related site improvements, representatives of the potential business may be required to submit a zoning application to the Community Development Department and have their plans reviewed by the Lombard Plan Commission with final approval by the Village Board. The Plan Commission serves as an advisory commission to the Village Board and one of their primary functions is to review development proposals to ensure compliance with the Village’s zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and the Comprehensive Plan.   Examples may include a business that is listed as a conditional use, a variance needed to build a new building or an addition, or a larger sign than Code allows.  Staff can help a business determine if the Plan Commission is a necessary step.

Some applications require a public hearing which includes a mailed notification to property owners within 250 feet, a sign on the property, and notice in the newspaper. The typical Village zoning review process can take 60-90 days to complete between application submittal and Village Board consideration.  All Plan Commission meetings are open to the public and televised. Past meetings can be found online.  The public can comment at the meeting itself, or contact staff before the meeting with any questions or concerns. 

Village staff proactively reviews the Village Code to make sure that local ordinances balance the community’s goals for high quality development with business needs.  Occasionally, a text amendment is brought forth to the Village Board to change Lombard ordinances.